/Koreans To Launch Their First Supercar

Koreans To Launch Their First Supercar

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So you though Koreans are only good at making hatchbacks?! Well check this out. It’s called the Spirra and by the looks of things it’s a full-on supercar. It has a tubular spaceframe, a full carbon body (which kinda looks like Noble M15), a mid-mounted engine, it’s rear wheel drvie and comes with a proper manual gearbox. It sounds promising…

The beating heart of the Spirra 2.7 liter V6 engine, and its output depends on you! If you are not willing to spend more cash and leave the engine as a normally aspirated unit, then you will have to live with only 170 hp. But if you decide that you want a Turbo on it, then you three choices: you can have a small, big or a twin turbocharger! They come with small,big and twin intercoolers and give 300, 400 and 450 to 500 hp respectively.

Now that might seem like a good idea,to have different stages of power for different budgets, but it’s not supercarish at all! If you want to make a supercar give it as much power as you can, why hold back?!

Koreans also claim that they have developed the Spirra’s chassis based on their experiences in GT racing and that it’s a good compromise between function and luxury with top-notch quality. So it might be a great car, but a car nonetheless. It doesn’t have the soul of a supercar!

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Technical Specifcations

Engine Type V6 DOHC V6 DOHC
Small Turbo Charged
V6 DOHC
Big Turbo Charged
V6 DOHC
Twin Turbo Charged
Normal Normal Forged (Basic Engine kit) Forged (Basic Engine kit)
Inter-Cooler Normal small Big Twin
Oil-Cooler No No Yes Yes
Installation Mid-mounted Mid-mounted Mid-mounted Mid-mounted
Layout Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel drive Rear-wheel drive Rear-wheel drive
Transmission Manual Six–speed Manual Six–speed Manual Six–speed Manual Six–speed
Displacement (cc) 2.656 2.656 2.656 2.656
Maximum power
(hp/rpm)
hp 175 330 400~420 450~500
rpm 6000 5200 5500 5800
Maximum torque
(kg.m/rpm)
kg.m 25 48 50 55
rpm 4500 5000 5000 5000
Maximum speed (km/h) 212 km/h 280 Km/h 305 Km/h 310 Km/h
Bore X stroke (mm) 86.7 X 75 86.7 X 75 86.7 X 75 86.7 X 75
0->100km (sec) 6.8 sec 4.8 sec 3.8 sec 3.5 sec
Fuel Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline
Brakes Front Brembo 355mm
/4 Piston
Brembo 355mm
/4 Piston
Brembo 355mm
/ 6 Piston
Brembo 355mm
/ 6 Piston
Rear Brembo 350mm
/4 Piston
Brembo 350mm
/4 Piston
Brembo 350mm
/ 4 Piston
Brembo 350mm
/ 4 Piston
ABS No Yes Yes Yes
Under-Carriage Normal Normal Racing Racing
LSD No No No Yes
Clutch Single Single Twin Twin
Tires Front P225/40R18 P225/40R18 P225/35R19 P225/35R19
Rear P275/40R18 P275/40R18 P275/35R19 P275/35R19
Brand KUMHO SPT
Wheel (forged aluminum) 18 inches 5 spokes 18 inches 5 spokes 19 inches 5 spokes 19 inches 5 spokes
Carbon Carbon Carbon Carbon
Leather trimmed interior, Recaro bucket seats, OMP-4Point Harness, MOMO steering wheel
Overall length (mm) 4,355 4,355 4,355 4,355
Overall width (mm) 1,924 1,924 1,924 1,924
Overall Height (mm) 1,215 1,215 1,215 1,215
Wheelbase (mm) 2,660 2,660 2,660 2,660
Wheel track (mm) Front 1,580 1,580 1,580 1,580
Rear 1,620 1,620 1,620 1,620
Ground clearance (mm) 138 138 138 138
Curb weight (kg) 1,320 1,320 1,320 1,200
Fuel tank capacity (?) 75 75 75 75
Passengers 2 2 2 2

History in brief

The history of the Spirra dates back to the beginning of the 1990s when Han-chul Kim and his wife Ji-sun Choi, both talented automotive experts, quit their jobs in leading Korean car companies to establish ‘Proto Motors’.

Proto Motors was an automotive R&D firm specializing in developing advanced automotive concepts with industry clients and soon after settling down as a startup, ideas for a domestic developed supercar started to blossom.

Over several years, what began as an enthusiastic set of ideas developed into a full blown development project. In 2001, the ‘PS-II’ prototype was presented to the press with full commitment to bring it into production.

The difficulties in establishing a small scale, hand built production line of such exotic cars in an industry purely adapted to mass production was so great, the project saw several crisis that would nearly force it to a halt.

In July, 2006, Dong-hyuk Park, CEO of Oullim Group established Oullim Motors, absorbed Proto Motors and reshuffled the project to keep in on course for launch. In the end, it took a decade, 4 generations of complete re-engineering, certification and rewriting of legislature to bring our dream to the road.

As of March 2010, all legislature, homologation and certification was cleared for full production. We are expecting our first cars to be delivered this summer.

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